Teaching & Learning


Building teacher presence in online environments 9 March

09 March 2021, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

Students with masks studying at PCs

This interactive workshop will share tips to help you build a teaching presence in an online space, in this workshop led by UCL Arena Centre

Event Information

Open to





UCL Arena Centre


This event will take place online.
Details and registration will be sent to you.
United Kingdom

Tuesday 09 March 15:00 - 16:00

On the booking form, please select the event and use the calendar to find your session time

UCL Arena Centre are delivering this session, which is open to all UCL staff who teach. 

Presence in the online environment is not as straight forward a concept as it is in the traditional classroom. We can’t be as spontaneous and can’t rely on visual cues or body language.

There are, however, many ways in which technology can enable us to guide our students and scaffold their progress through the course, sometimes even more effectively than in a face-to-face setting. We just need to be more intentional about it and put some effort into finding our own approach to being present for and with our students.

Throughout this session, you will learn some tips on building teacher presence in the online space, from:

  • developing a communication strategy
  • including creating short videos
  • managing time and workload
  • designing for interaction with your students in mind.  

Being present online is not equivalent to unlimited availability. It also does not have to be (all) synchronous.

It's the small touches that count most. It's all about finding a balance and nurturing a learning space where students feel free to express themselves creatively, collaborate in different settings, fail safely and never stop being curious.

UCL Connected Learning Live Events

This is part of a series of short live sessions to complement the UCL Connected Learning Essentials Staff Development Course. 

View all events in series. 

After attending this session you will 

  • differentiate key terms
  • discuss and share examples of effective formative assessment ideas
  • consider the use of gateway formative assessment to enhance self-regulated learning and assessment literacy
  • apply some strategies to planning of an online session you will be delivering next term.

Who should attend

You should attend if you are a member of UCL staff who teaches.  Programme Directors may find this session particularly useful.